Hello World, Here We Come!

a trip by Mel and Howard
From: July 27th 2011
Until: May 25th 2013

These are the voyages of Mel and Howard, our two year mission to seek out new sights, experience different cultures and to boldly go where we have never been before (well in the main at any rate).............

Our actual start date is 28th July 2011 but I have included the preparation ramblings as well from when I first discovered Travelblog!
Trip Length: 22 months
Blog Entries: 209
Photos: 2902
Words: 261092

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
July 29th 2011 New York! North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan
July 31st 2011 Day 3 (I think) North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan
August 2nd 2011 Niagra Falls North America
August 4th 2011 The Canadian Blackpool and Toronto North America » Canada
August 7th 2011 Ottawa North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa
August 10th 2011 Were you ever in Quebec....... North America » Canada » Quebec
August 12th 2011 On the greyhound bus! North America » United States » Vermont » White River Junction
August 17th 2011 So this why you shouldn't leave big gaps between blogs! North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Philadelphia
August 18th 2011 In the footsteps of my ancestor! North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Philadelphia
August 18th 2011 Washington DC North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Washington
August 20th 2011 Baltimore North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore
August 21st 2011 ...When you hear the tootin' of the whistle.... North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago
August 22nd 2011 Still steamin' and a rollin' onto Seattle! North America » United States » Washington » Seattle
August 25th 2011 Seattle to Klamath Falls, Oregon North America » United States » Oregon » Klamath Falls
August 27th 2011 Crater Lake and the Lava Beds National Monument North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake
August 29th 2011 Moving on..... North America » United States » California » Redding
August 30th 2011 I lost it all at the Eldorado Casino in Reno North America » United States » Nevada » Reno
September 1st 2011 The LONG drive to Twin Falls & Craters of the Moon North America » United States » Idaho
September 3rd 2011 Drigg to Virginia City via Teton and a bit of Yellowstone North America » United States » Wyoming » Yellowstone National Park » Old Faithful
September 4th 2011 The Great Escape North America » United States » Wyoming » Sheridan
September 5th 2011 All is finally revealed North America » United States » Wyoming » Devils Tower National Monument
September 6th 2011 O! The Deadwood Stage is commin' on over the hill North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood
September 7th 2011 Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore & Sturgis North America » United States » South Dakota » Mount Rushmore
September 8th 2011 The Badlands North America » United States » South Dakota » Badlands National Park
September 10th 2011 Fort Collins to Monticello via Rocky Mt NP, Arches with trip to Mesa Verde too! North America » United States » Utah » Monticello
September 13th 2011 On to Monument Valley yee ha! North America » United States » Utah
September 14th 2011 A narrow escape or dicing with death in the Grand Canyon! North America » United States » Arizona » Grand Canyon National Park
September 15th 2011 Arizona Maybe North America » United States » Arizona » Flagstaff
September 17th 2011 Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon and Cedar Breaks North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park
September 19th 2011 Bryce Canyon National Park North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon
September 20th 2011 Viva Las Vegas! North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas
September 23rd 2011 Death Valley to Mammoth Lakes North America » United States » California » Death Valley
September 28th 2011 Update North America » United States » California » San Francisco
September 30th 2011 On to San Diego and the UFO gig! North America » United States » California » San Diego
October 1st 2011 Hola Mexico! North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City » Centro Histórico
October 3rd 2011 On to Playa del Carmen North America » Mexico » Yucatán
October 13th 2011 An Iguana tried to drop a dead rat on my head! North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen
October 15th 2011 The start of the central american adventure North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum
October 17th 2011 I don't Belize it! Central America Caribbean » Belize » Belize Barrier Reef » Caye Caulker
October 19th 2011 On to San Ignacio Central America Caribbean » Belize » Cayo District » San Ignacio
October 21st 2011 Guatemala here we come! Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Petén Region » Flores
October 23rd 2011 Rio Dulce - Sweet River Central America Caribbean » Guatemala
October 26th 2011 On to Antigua for the first time and Lake Attilan Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Capital Region » Antigua
October 28th 2011 Back to Antigua Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Capital Region » Antigua
October 31st 2011 Honduras Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Western » Copán Ruinas
November 5th 2011 Viva La Revolucione! aka Nicaragua best place in central america!! Central America Caribbean
November 10th 2011 Costa Rica! Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Monteverde
November 12th 2011 And now the end is near.......... Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Jaco
November 28th 2011 Goodbye Costa Rica Hello England! Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » San José
December 8th 2011 Back on the road again Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai
December 10th 2011 India India India!!! Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi
December 13th 2011 Jaisalmer Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer
December 14th 2011 Jodhpur - The Blue City Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur
December 16th 2011 Delhi and Agra Asia » India » Rajasthan
December 19th 2011 The seige of Fort Madhogarh! Asia » India » Rajasthan » Madhogarh
December 20th 2011 Birthdays and Bollywood - Jaipur Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur
December 22nd 2011 Going on a Tiger hunt in Ranthambore Asia » India » Rajasthan » Ranthambhore National Park
December 23rd 2011 Living like Lords! Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi
December 24th 2011 Christmas Indian style Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bassi
December 26th 2011 Udaipur Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur
December 28th 2011 Camels and Hippies - yes it's Pushkar! Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar
December 31st 2011 Thailand!!! Bangkok Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
January 2nd 2012 Hua Hin and Cha Am Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin
January 6th 2012 Ayutthaya Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya
January 9th 2012 Chiang Mai (up North) Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai
January 12th 2012 The Mae Hong Son Loop Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son
January 21st 2012 The Slow Boat to Luang Prabang Asia » Laos » West » Huay Xai
January 24th 2012 Luang Prabang Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang
January 27th 2012 A little side adventure up the River Nam Ou Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua
January 31st 2012 Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars
February 2nd 2012 Vang Vieng (Man!) Asia » Laos » West » Pak Mong
February 5th 2012 Vientiane Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane
February 8th 2012 Hanoi may not Rock ........... Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi
February 10th 2012 Ha Long Bay Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay
February 16th 2012 Happy for me Happy for you.......it's Sapa! Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa
February 21st 2012 Hue Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué
February 23rd 2012 Hoi An Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An
February 28th 2012 Beside the sea side at Nha Trang Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang
March 2nd 2012 Dalat and Mui Ne Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat
March 8th 2012 Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1
March 11th 2012 Hot and sweaty in the Mekong Delta Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta
March 15th 2012 Return to Thailand - Krabi and Ko Lanta Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta
March 20th 2012 So where did you get to then Leonardo? - Ko Phi Phi Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don
March 22nd 2012 On our way to Sin City via Kata Beach - Phuket Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
March 26th 2012 Island hopping continues this time to Ko Samui Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui
April 1st 2012 Penang, Malaysia Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi
April 6th 2012 Hello New Zealand! Christchurch Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
April 8th 2012 Mt. Cook & Queenstown Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mount Cook National Park
April 10th 2012 Te Anau & Milford Sound Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Te Anau
April 12th 2012 Still feeling like an extra in Lord of the Rings - Wanaka Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka
April 13th 2012 Glaciers, glaciers everywhere! Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier
April 15th 2012 Cross country via Arthur's Pass to Christchurch Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Arthur's Pass National Park
April 16th 2012 Wonderful Kaikora Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura
April 18th 2012 The Stars of the Show - The Seal Pups of Kaikora! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura
April 18th 2012 Picton Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton
April 19th 2012 On to the North Island - Wellington to Wanganui Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington
April 21st 2012 Mt. Taranaki National Park and Waitomo Caves Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Egmont National Park
April 23rd 2012 Mordor and Mount Doom! aka Tongariro NP and then Taupo Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Tongariro National Park
April 25th 2012 Rotorua Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua
April 26th 2012 Hobbiton Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty
April 28th 2012 Paihia & Cape Reinga Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia
May 2nd 2012 One week in Samoa Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia
May 11th 2012 Sydney Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Hyde Park
May 14th 2012 The Sunshine Coast Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach
May 20th 2012 The Great Outback Adventure Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs
May 24th 2012 Uluru Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock
May 29th 2012 The Kingdom of Tonga! Oceania » Tonga » Tongatapu
June 2nd 2012 Bula! it's Fiji Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands
June 10th 2012 Goodbye to the Motorhead Motor Home and back to Sydney Oceania » Australia
June 11th 2012 Aloha from Oahu, Hawaii North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki
June 12th 2012 Kuau'i North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast
June 16th 2012 Maui North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui
June 20th 2012 All aboard the Mokulele Express! and Captain Cook, so near but so far North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona
June 21st 2012 Volcanoes! North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo
June 24th 2012 Chief Kamehameha l, Pu'ukohola Heiau and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau - a bit of culture! North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona
June 26th 2012 Back to Oahu for our last few days in Hawaii North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki
July 2nd 2012 Alaska - The Last Frontier! Anchorage to Denali National Park North America » United States » Alaska » Denali National Park
July 7th 2012 Fantastical Fairbanks! North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks
July 8th 2012 Ho! Ho! Ho! it's North Pole and onto Tok North America » United States » Alaska » North Pole
July 11th 2012 The Mountains are calling....... The Richardson and Glenn Highways North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez
July 12th 2012 The Kenai Peninsula North America » United States » Alaska » Kenai
July 15th 2012 The Cruise - Seaward and onwards, quick pass the sea sick tablets! North America » United States » Alaska » Seward
July 17th 2012 A Wonderful Day Cruising Glacier Bay! North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay
July 18th 2012 Haines, Skagway and Juneau North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway
July 20th 2012 Ketchikan and the Inside Passage North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan
July 22nd 2012 Vancouver a GREAT city but beware the seagulls! North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver
July 25th 2012 Seattle (2nd time around) North America » United States » Washington » Seattle
July 27th 2012 It's Hope The Chainsaw Carving Capital of the World! and Kamloops North America » Canada » British Columbia » Hope
July 29th 2012 Mt. Revelstoke National Park and onto Golden North America » Canada » British Columbia » Mount Revelstoke National Park
July 30th 2012 Sightseeing on the way to Banff, in Banff and around Banff North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff
August 1st 2012 On to Jasper North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper
August 2nd 2012 Anvil...... I mean Edmonton! North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton
August 3rd 2012 Calgary North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary
August 5th 2012 Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump and Fort McCloud North America » Canada » Alberta » Lethbridge
August 6th 2012 Back to the States, Glacier National Park and Whitefish North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park
August 7th 2012 Spokane North America » United States » Washington » Spokane » Riverside State Park
August 8th 2012 The Oregon Trail to Portland North America » United States » Oregon » Portland
August 10th 2012 Centralia, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Ranier National Parks North America » United States » Washington » Centralia
August 12th 2012 Olympia and back to Seattle (and our netbook charger!) North America » United States » Washington » Olympia
August 14th 2012 If you go to San Francisco...........and don't have a sprained ankle this time! North America » United States » California » San Francisco
August 17th 2012 HOLLYWOOD! and downtown Los Angeles North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood
August 20th 2012 Palm Springs to Tucson North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson
August 23rd 2012 Get your 6 shooters ready! Tombstone - The Town Too Tough To Die North America » United States » Arizona » Tombstone
August 24th 2012 Gila cliff dwellings, White Sands and Billy the Kid! North America » United States » New Mexico » Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
August 27th 2012 Roswell - I Believe! North America » United States » New Mexico » Roswell
August 28th 2012 Carlsbad Caverns and Fort Stockton North America » United States » New Mexico » Carlsbad
August 30th 2012 Remember the Alamo! - San Antonio and Austin North America » United States » Texas » San Antonio
September 3rd 2012 Houston - Nasa Johnson Space Center North America » United States » Texas » Houston
September 4th 2012 I went to New Orleans and saw............4 hospitals! North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans
September 8th 2012 Marvellous Memphis! North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis
September 11th 2012 Uproar, Kerfuffle and Harleys! aka Atlanta, Gainsville and York North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta
September 18th 2012 Coming to the end of this leg of the trip - Philadelphia and New York revisited North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Philadelphia » Penn's Landing
September 22nd 2012 London, the inbetween bit Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
September 26th 2012 Kathmandu Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel
October 1st 2012 The road to Pokhara Asia » Nepal » Pokhara
October 2nd 2012 Pokhara - The first instalment Asia » Nepal » Pokhara
October 7th 2012 Pokhara - the final instalment! Asia » Nepal » Pokhara
October 10th 2012 Up a mountain lost in time............Bandipur Asia » Nepal » Bandipur
October 13th 2012 Bhaktapur - a very special place! Asia » Nepal » Bhaktapur
October 14th 2012 Patan and Swayambhunath Asia » Nepal » Patan
October 15th 2012 Pashupatinath, Bodhnath, Kathmandu and back to the UK Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Boudhanath
October 26th 2012 ETHIOPIA! Addis Ababa to Harar Africa » Ethiopia » Harari Region » Harar
October 30th 2012 Aweday Chat Market & Awash National Prk Africa » Ethiopia
October 31st 2012 Awash to Addis Ababa to Bahar Dar, Lake Tana & the Tissiat Falls Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar
November 3rd 2012 Woreta and the Castles of Gondar Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Gondar
November 4th 2012 The Simien Mountains Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Simien Mountains
November 5th 2012 The road from Debark to Axum Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Axum
November 6th 2012 Awe Inspiring Axum Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Axum
November 7th 2012 Lalibela Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Lalibela
November 8th 2012 Lalibela - photos part 2! Southern cluster of churches, Ethiopian meal and Genet Mariam and Naakutolaab Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Lalibela
November 10th 2012 Back to Addis Ababa and farewell to wonderful Ethiopia Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa
January 8th 2013 The awful inbetween bit Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Stockton-On-Tees
March 4th 2013 The Road Beckons...... Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Clapham
March 7th 2013 Rio de Janeiro - No snow and plenty of sunshine! South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo
March 9th 2013 Sugar Loaf Mountain South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo
March 10th 2013 Catete, beaches,buildings, buses, metro, railways and the sublimely serene Christ the Redeemer South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo
March 14th 2013 Iguacu Falls South America » Brazil » Paraná » Iguaçu Falls
March 15th 2013 A little side trip into Paraguay, well Cuidad del Este anyway South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este
March 16th 2013 Obrigado Brazil it's been brilliant, Hola Puerto Iguazu Argentina! South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú
March 18th 2013 On to San Ignacio for the Jesuit ruins South America » Argentina » Misiones » San Ignacio
March 22nd 2013 The Mothers of the Missing Children, Evita and more.....Plaza de Mayo and Recoleta South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires
March 24th 2013 More Buenos Aires...Tigre, San Telmo, La Boca, Rallies and Heavy Metal! South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires
March 25th 2013 A change of pace at Sacremento de Colonia South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento
March 28th 2013 Montevideo.....was cerrado! South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo
March 29th 2013 Easter Sunday on Easter Island!!! South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa
April 1st 2013 Scooting around Easter Island! South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa
April 4th 2013 Santiago and Valparaiso South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso
April 7th 2013 Cordoba via a few hours back in Buenos Aires South America » Argentina » Córdoba » Córdoba
April 9th 2013 Arriving in Salta and day trip to Cachi South America » Argentina » Salta » Cachi
April 12th 2013 Trip to Humahuaca and staying the night in Purmamaca South America » Argentina » Jujuy » Purmamarca
April 14th 2013 Over the Andes on the road to San Pedro de Atacama South America » Chile » Antofagasta Region » San Pedro de Atacama
April 15th 2013 San Pedro de Atacama - the driest place on Earth! South America » Chile » Antofagasta Region » San Pedro de Atacama
April 17th 2013 Buses, breakdown and oxygen!! Up the coast to Iquique and Arica South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica
April 21st 2013 The journey from Arica to Arequipa or 2 border crossings, 1 collectivos and 7 hours on a bus! South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa
April 23rd 2013 Arequipa and it's countryside South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa
April 23rd 2013 The Colca Canyon trip South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon
April 26th 2013 Confusion, Convent and Chicken or our final two days in Arequipa South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa
April 28th 2013 Oh those Nazca Lines! South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines
April 30th 2013 The oasis of Huacachina and from Lima to Chiclayo South America » Peru » Ica » Huacachina
May 5th 2013 Tombs and Pyramids.......it's The Lord of Sipan! South America » Peru » Lambayeque » Chiclayo
May 6th 2013 Trujillo, Chan Chan and the glorious Pyramid of the Moon South America » Peru » Trujillo
May 7th 2013 El Brujo and The Lady of Cao South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo
May 9th 2013 Two days of waiting, queueing, traffic and travelling to get from Trujillo to Lima to Miami eventually! South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima
May 12th 2013 Everglades and The Keys North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West
May 13th 2013 Gone and done it again, going a cruisin' North America » United States » Florida » Miami
May 15th 2013 Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay Central America Caribbean » Turks & Caicos » Grand Turk
May 17th 2013 Read on you scurvy dogs, soon we be meeting Blackbeard! Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Nassau
May 20th 2013 Fab beaches and then rain? come on we're not back in England just yet! North America » United States » Florida » Miami Beach
May 23rd 2013 And now the end is near......... North America » United States » Florida » Miami Beach
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